Friday, October 26, 2012

Plumper Lips With Your Plastic Surgeon

Have you ever found yourself envious of another woman's plump lips? A woman with pouty lips will never understand your jealousy. Plump lips look glamorous covered in lipstick. They are sexy. You don't often see a model with thin lips. You have tried all the tricks in the magazines. You have used lip products with cinnamon or pepper in them to stimulate blood flow in the lips. You have even tried lighter makeup colors to create the illusion of full lips. You may find success with these ideas, but if you want real results you may need to see a plastic surgeon.
Some woman choose to start with temporary enhancement like Restylane injections. This filler can last as long as six months, and the procedure is quite fast. You may suffer bruising, redness, or swelling after your initial injection, so plan the rest of your day after your appointment accordingly. If you are dissatisfied with the look of your lips, you can go bigger or smaller next time. Even if you are looking for more permanent results, this might be a good opportunity to try out the look of full lips.
It is important to note that all surgeries carry some risk. PermaLip is another potential procedure and it is reversible. If the patient is happy with the results, there is no reason to reverse it. PermaLip offers lip enhancement with the help of a silicone lip implant. The implant comes in varying sizes. The implant should not leak and is considered safe. These implants can be placed in both lips with incisions at the corners of the mouth. A patient can expect the area to look normal after about a week. As with any procedure, there are both benefits and risks. The procedure can cause bruising, pain at the incision site, and swelling. It is important to be sure your plastic surgeon has experience performing the procedure.
A woman has options in how she plumps her lips. She can choose to go with more natural options like lip serums or she can consider injections or implants. Would you have thought there were so many options? Consult a plastic surgeon if you would like to find out if injections or implants are right for you. Your doctor will also know more about these procedures. Your doctor should be able to tell if you are a good candidate for these enhancement measures.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Don't Let Those Bunions Get Out of Hand

As much as you like to wear your favorite shoes, it may be time for you to find something more comfortable to wear. When you wear shoes that do not fit properly, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to some unsightly and painful foot conditions - one of which is the development of bunions. Many studies show that women are more likely to develop this condition than males are. This may be because women (in an effort to look more attractive) typically wear shoes that are too tight and fit improperly. This is easily recognized as the bones in the joint of the toes start to realign themselves, resulting in a formation of what appears to be a bump on the outer side of the joint. This "bump" is actually a protruding bone and inflamed swollen tissue. This condition can be very painful if it is left untreated.
Many people tend to ignore this problem when it is developing. They are so used to wearing shoes that are too tight that they don;t realize there is a problem. They may resort to using over the counter treatments that are designed to provide some relief from the pain. Little do they know, the longer they avoid seeking out professional help for their bunions, the more severe and disabling the condition can become.
If you don't want to end up like those people who are always kicking off their shoes the first chance they get in an effort to alleviate the pain and discomfort they are experiencing, you need to see a foot doctor so they can take a look at your bunions. In addition to providing you with some creams and medications that will lessen the inflammation, they can also determine if surgery would be a good option for you. Since bunions involve the formation of additional and misaligned bones, an operation may be necessary to get your feet back in proper shape.
Living with bunions can be very uncomfortable and can cause you to have problems with mobility. They can make it difficult for you to find shoes that are comfortable to wear. In some cases, you may have to make some adjustments to your lifestyle in order for you to continue to function in a normal capacity. Depending on your situation, you may need to wear larger or wider shoes to prevent the affected area from being irritated. Some over the counter medications, such as anti-inflammatory pain relievers, can be used to help combat the swelling. Cold packs and rest are often helpful in reducing the severity of your condition. If the problem becomes too serious, infection and other complications can occur.
When the problems you experience with your feet start to consume your life, you need to see a specialist. In order to prevent this condition in the first place, take better care of your feet by wearing shoes that fit without causing any stress or discomfort. You may not look as glamourous as you might like, but in the end you will be glad you did the right thing for your health.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Things to Know About Meniscus Repair

The function of the meniscus is to provide stability and act as a cushion for our knee joint. It helps to ensure that weight distribution is spread out evenly throughout the knee joint and prevent any joint problems like arthritis. However, injury to the meniscus is extremely common among people below the age of 25 years who are active in sports. Once a diagnosis of a torn meniscus is made, a decision needs to be made fast regarding the treatment. Usually, the doctor will suggest the treatment he thinks is most suited for you depending on your age, level of activeness and extent of injury.
How is the surgery performed?
One of the first few questions will be how is the surgery conducted. With advances in medical technology, meniscus repair can and will be done through a minimal invasion technique called arthroscopy. More common, suturing will be done to rejoin the torn parts of the meniscus with each other in order to regain function.
What is the success rate?
Success rate of meniscus repair is not 100%. It is mostly dependent on the exact location of the meniscus tear as well as post-surgery therapy. Firstly, if the meniscus is torn at the centre part of the cartilage, surgery will not be able to help at all in healing the meniscus. However, it may help to prevent arthritis in the later part of your life. Secondly, even if the surgery is a success, the post-surgery therapy plays an important role too. A proper structured and disciplined post-surgery therapy must be carried out in order to strengthen and regain the full function of the meniscus.
How is the post-surgery recovery like?
You will be immobilised for 14 days after surgery and from the 15th day onwards, physical therapy will commence. Any exercises that places tremendous stress onto your meniscus will be strictly disallowed. Examples of these exercises include running, jogging, skipping and squatting. A proper recovery plan will be planned by your physical therapist and you will need to adhere to it strictly as any deviation from it will disrupt the proper recovery procedure and may even require a second surgery.
What are the risks from meniscus repair surgery?
Meniscus repair is a low risk surgery but some there are still some risk associated with it. Infection may occur due to complications during the surgery or from existing personal problems such as diabetes. Since meniscus repair is done through arthroscopy, there is a risk of damage to the surrounding nerves and tissues. As much, you should always look for a reliable and skilled surgeon.
The role of the meniscus is important for our body and it is recommended to undergo meniscus repair surgery if you tear your meniscus. However, if you are not looking to lead an active lifestyle anymore, you may go for physical therapy to strengthen your muscles to compensate for the meniscus tear.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Preparing for the DIEP Flap

If you take the time to prepare for your upcoming DIEP Flap procedure, you will feel more relaxed and calm on the day of your operation. This will make it much easier for your surgeon to work and ensure that you get optimal results. Follow some of these suggestions for ideas to help alleviate your anxiety before the big day.
You need to keep an eye on what you eat before your DIEP flap procedure. To enhance your body's ability to heal, you should take some vitamin supplements in the months leading up to your operation. Ask your doctor as well, but taking a daily multivitamin will go a long way toward giving your body the additional nutritional support it needs. Maintain a healthy diet and make sure that you continue to drink lots of fluids. Follow your doctor's recommendations on what you should eat before your operation.
You should make sure that you stay in shape during the days leading up to your DIEP flap. The better shape your body is in, the better your body will be able to handle the operation. You don't have to resort to some strenuous workout routines; you could just do some daily walking, running or swimming. Keep in mind that your health and age may require you to have an exam before your operation in order for your surgeon to know what kind of anesthesia your body can handle.
If you are a smoker, one thing you will need to do is to quit. Don't stop the night before your surgery; you need to stop smoking several months in advance. Smoking is very hazardous to your health. Besides causing cancer, it also destroys your circulation system. In order to be a good candidate for a DIEP flap, your circulatory system needs to be in tip top shape. If it is not, you won't be able to have the procedure done. This means that you also need to avoid any other forms of nicotine and its alternatives.
If you currently take medications, you need to inform your surgeon as soon as possible. Some prescriptions can interfere with your health during and after your DIEP flap operation. To reduce your risk for complications, you will need to stop taking those medications. If there are any that you need to take on a regular basis, let your doctor know and he can prescribe some alternatives that won't cause any problems with your health. Avoid over the counter medications such as aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs.
Keep in mind that there are risks associated with any type of medically necessary and elective procedures. In order to improve your chances for a successful operation and improve your recovery, you need to make sure that you and your body are in great shape mentally and physically. If you have any questions or concerns at any time before your reconstructive breast surgery, don't hesitate to contact your surgeon and ask.